Newsbrief: Ban on Narcocorridos Spreads in Mexico 10/11/02

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The congress of the state of Nuevo Leon this week passed legislation that would ban the radio or TV broadcast of narcocorridos, the Mexican border ballads that sometimes lionize participants in the drug trade. Nuevo Leon becomes the seventh state this year to attempt to suppress the wildly popular musical genre, joining Baja California, Sinaloa, San Luis Potosí and Coahuila y Querétaro. The ban cuts across the narcocorrido heartland in north-central Mexico, leaving Chihuahua and Tamulipas as the only border states that have not banned the songs.

Narcocorridos, with their tales of bravery, treachery, smuggling, and above all, putting one over on the gringos, sell millions of copies on both sides of the border, but their popularity has frightened Mexico's moral watchdogs and good burghers. The songs glamorize the drug trade and make heroes out of criminals, they complain. Such complaints are often valid, but, like gangster rap music in the US, narcocorridos are a means of expressing social reality, as unsavory as it may be. CD sales in the hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, on both sides of the border, testify that the music touches a popular nerve.

But the legislators are having none of it. The resolution passed in Nuevo Leon asks the Mexican attorney general to apply with full rigor articles of the constitution that allow for the censorship of broadcasts that "are contrary to good customs, whether through malicious expression, provocative words or images, phrases and scenes with double meanings, or apologies for violence or crime" or "contrary to the security of the state or public order."

In the 1950s, unregulated Mexican radio superstations pumped Wolfman Jack and the throbbing beat of rock 'n' roll deep into the American heartland. Now, as US stations from Los Angeles to Houston continue to play narcocorridos while Mexican stations turn silent, another subversive cultural message is heading in the opposite direction, going back home.

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